Smith returns in a 1-for-24 slump that has weakened his stat line on the year to .265/.368/.443.
A matchup against San Diego left-hander Robbie Erlin has
The game off could hurt Howard's quest for his first 100-RBI season since 2011. He has 92 with 10 games remaining. Utley is in the mdist of a 2-for-17 slide.
Perez has yielded seven earned runs in his last two innings pitched. If he is done for the season, it will end with a 3-4 record and 2.86 ERA in a career-high 65 outings.
"I think I could go more but sometimes you have to take care of yourself and have a couple days off because it's a long season," Perez said. "When you're tired, you don't have a lot of power."
A matchup against Arizona lefty Vidal Nuno has
Blackmon, who is coming off for a 5-for-5 performance with four runs scored Wednesday, is batting .268 against southpaws this season.
Perkins has struggled down the stretch after a typically strong season in which he racked up 34 saves.
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